DSA Book Club Forum
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
During the 2020-2021 school year, faculty of the Downingtown STEM Academy engaged in reflective discussion of the text authored by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi to increase awareness of cultural equity.
How has the Stamped text and discussion increased your awareness of cultural equity?
Throughout the book, I found myself thinking somewhat incredulously about some of the content and almost "resisting" it, especially the section about racial stigmas reinforced through pop culture. For instance, I've watched Rocky a million times and never once thought of race while watching so thought it hard to believe that racial overtones were present. However, upon further reflection and upon discussing the book in groups later, I realized that my own bias and own perspective as a white person were preventing me from embracing the existence of these subtle or not so subtle overtones in movies like Rocky and other famous examples of pop culture. I constantly defend the idea of systemic racism in our country's institutions to those that believe it has been eliminated since the Civil Rights Era and consistently argue that if members of the black community feel its existence still, then who are we to deny their experiences? Yet I had trouble making this same argument to myself when confronted with the same concept yet in a different arena; racial stigmas reinforced in pop culture. The book and subsequent discussions allowed me to recognize my own bias and have allowed me to have a more open and well-rounded awareness of cultural equity while also forcing me to recognize that I have a lot of my own work to do in order to become more "anti-racist."
-Alanna Hibbs, STEM Academy Social Studies educator